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Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct gapped teeth, crooked teeth, protruding teeth, slanted teeth, and a variety of bite issues in teens and adults. If your insurance plan covers orthodontic treatment, it will likely cover a portion of Invisalign treatment. Insurance plans often pay for a percentage of orthodontic treatment. Other plans offer a set coverage amount. Check with your insurance provider to learn specifics about your coverage for orthodontics and Invisalign. 

What is Invisalign?

If you have decided to straighten your smile with Invisalign, you’ll first meet with your orthodontist. They will examine teeth, mouth, and gums to confirm that you are free of active gum disease, and/or untreated tooth decay. Then a series of painless, digital, 3-D scans will be taken to create an image of your mouth. Your orthodontist will design your treatment, and can even show you what your teeth will look like once you’ve completed treatment.  Your scans will be used to create your series of alignment trays.  

Alignment technology works differently than traditional orthodontic treatment with braces.  Instead of adhering metal or clear brackets to the surface of each tooth, Invisalign uses clear, plastic, removable alignment trays to shift teeth into place over time. Each set of alignment trays is typically worn for one to two weeks before you graduate to the next set of trays. Invisalign is suited for patients of any age, especially teens and adults, who are committed to wearing their aligner trays at least 20-22 hours per day. 

Is Invisalign Better Than Metal Braces? 

Invisalign offers many benefits for both teens and adults. The nearly invisible alignment trays allow many people to feel more confident while receiving orthodontic treatment. Patients also report that the alignment trays are comfortable to wear because they do not scrape on the insides of your lips or cheeks. 

Those who choose Invisalign instead of traditional braces are also able to eat anything they want, and won’t have to worry about food becoming stuck. Dentists and orthodontists also love the fact that with Invisalign you can brush the entire surface of the teeth, and floss normally. This helps maintain excellent oral hygiene habits during orthodontic treatment.  Invisalign treatment may also be completed a bit sooner than treatment with traditional bracket and wire braces.  

Upon completion of treatment, all patients will need to wear a retainer to maintain the new alignment of the teeth. Clear plastic retainers are available so that they offer the same nearly invisible look as your alignment trays. 

How Much Does Invisalign Cost Without Insurance?

The cost of Invisalign will vary depending upon the type and complexity of corrections that need to be made. Most patients find treatment to cost between $2500-$6500.  For patients who only have a few teeth that need to be straightened, in-house alignment trays can reduce the cost to less than $500.  

Learn More About Invisalign for Teens and Adults in Andover, MA

Today, you and your teen have more choices than ever when it comes to selecting orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is one of the most effective and popular choices in Andover, MA. Invisalign consultations with Dr. Broccoli are free. So, if you’re ready to learn more about Invisalign, contact our friendly team today by calling 978-475-0450 . You may also request an appointment online.